Ride with former Welsh Rugby Union star Shane Williams MBE at this last club, Amman Utd RFC. It just so happens to be an ideal starting location to explore the surrounding countryside of Carmarthenshire by bike. And what a countryside it is; the roads, hills and vistas are among some of the best cycling routes in the UK.
You will go over the impressive Black Mountain, through the Brecon Beacons National park, ride through the centre of the historic Welsh market towns of Llandovery and Brecon as well as the numerous picturesque valley villages and hamlets and mountain passes along the way. All with a mixture of decent climbs, technical downhill’s and nice long flat stretches. The two course are challenging but also achievable for all and with the timing of the event being mid October it’s ideal for one last ride of the season, or a social gathering after a hard season of competing or even a personal challenge to build up to throughout the year. There's something for everyone.
How to enter the Tour De Shane – The Amman Adventure
- Bike 80mi
- Bike 51.7mi
Tour De Shane – The Amman Adventure routes
80 Mile Route
The biggest and most brutal climb of the day comes after only 3 miles and will see you make a 4 mile climb over the Black Mountains, the first half of this climb is steady with the last two miles being an out of the saddle type push! a couple of things will keep you going through this hard slog, 1) the view at the top 2) the knowledge that the next 15 miles will be either down hill or flat! From here the route will take you down a spectacular and technical decent and once in the valley you will make your way to Llandovery, this section has a good few miles of flat, straight open roads, which will allow you to stretch your legs, before you reach the A40 and head into Brecon via Sennybridge, where you will cycle through the centre of the iconic market town.
From here you will start to make your way back to the Amman, via a spectacular mountain pass and onto the Crai mountain road, both of which have been real hits with previous cyclists of the Amman Adventure. As you cut through the Brecon Beacon National Park not surprisingly you will face one final climb of the day before passing by the national show caves of Wales and then through the valley towns and villages of Ystradgynlais and Cwmllynfell on your way back at Glanaman for much deserved refreshments.
The Amman Adventure 50 mile route takes in some of the most spectacular countryside the South Wales Valleys have to offer. With great roads that have ideal surfaces for cycling and although the route does have 3 respectable peaks the overall elevation for the course is reasonable, meaning there are also some great flat or down hill sections that really allow you to stretch the legs and enjoy the ride. As a sportive we feel the ride has the lot, from challenging climbs to rolling roads and great views at an achievable distance.
The biggest and most brutal climb of the day comes after only 3 miles and will see you make a 4 mile climb over the Black Mountains, two things will keep you going through this hard slog, 1) the view at the top 2) the knowledge that the next 6 miles will be down hill! From here the 50 mile route has what we consider to be a treat a B road that takes you through the heart of the Brecon Beacons, past the Usk Reservoir, where you will join the A40 at Trecastle, this road really is a step back in time and although there are two cattle grid crossings, a steady climb to get to the ridge, once on the ridge it is spectacularly wild but with straight flat roads, which will allow you to enjoy the scenery. Once on the A40 you will make your way to Sennybridge, at the village renowned for its Military connections you will start to make your way back to the Amman through the Brecon Beacon National Park passing by the national show caves of Wales and through the valley towns and villages of Ystradgynlais and Cwmllynfell before arriving back at Glanaman for well earned refreshments.
This is a great route for those seeking a challenge but not quite sure about the 80 miler.
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